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4012 Central Florida Pkwy. (John Young Pkwy.) Send to Phone
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Chef Norman Van Aken keeps an eye on his Central Florida outpost at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
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Norman's Restaurant Review

: Foodies know Norman Van Aken's “New World Cuisine,” a term he coined to describe his unique blend of ingredients from Latin America, the Caribbean, southern United States and Asia. Van Aken closed his eponymous South Florida restaurant, and the Central Florida Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, gives fortunate diners a taste of his celebrated cuisine. The menu may feature starters such as hot-smoked trout salad, mini duck burgers, Mumbai-spice grilled shrimp and Thai red curry mussels. Entrées can range from pan-cooked yellowtail with garlicky mashed potatoes, a Mongolian marinated and barbecued veal chop and beef two ways---grilled rib steak and Cuban fried steak. The dining room features a dramatic 10,000-bottle wine vault built in its center. Van Aken is not often in the kitchen, but his disciples deftly re-create his dishes.

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